Janet Beaujon Couch

​Art Studio Lead Supervisor

​I’m from New England (Massachusetts and Connecticut.). I’ve lived in Laguna Woods for a year and a half.  My daughter and her family live in Huntington Beach.

I began my career as a freelance artist, calligrapher, and exhibiting artist.  After raising my children, I returned to school for my masters degree.  I’m a retired Art Therapist, EMDR therapist, and adjunct lecturer & clinical supervisor at George Washington University.

Deirdre Gordon


​Past President

Leslie Bradshaw


Sheila Parsons



Joan Sheldon
Director of Publicity
Director of Small Art Shows

Joan Sheldon prefers painting abstract and impressionistic art to reality painting. She uses alcohol ink and flo paints with acrylics. Her passion in artistic endeavors is Variety. She has won awards for her photography, created stained glass, ceramic pieces, is a published writer and made a living drawing floorplans and designing houses. Currently besides painting, she is designing and sewing quilts.

Ellen Zimet


Art Studies Coordinator

I moved to Laguna Woods in 2016 because I fell in love with Clubhouse 4, immediately joined LWAA and have been a volunteer since I arrived.  I have several degrees - BFA, MA and several PHd hours.  I have taught art and ceramics in middle schools, been a grant writer, school administrator, educational consultant and teacher trainer. I grew up on the East Coast and moved to California in 1970 and also spent 15 years part-time on the Oregon Coast. I have two wonderful daughters and their husbands, three grandsons and their wives and three great grandchildren.